Hotel, Fishing Lodge, Fishing camp
we use during our Fishing trips
in Nicaragua and Costa Rica
A) Lodging around fishing grounds of San Juan River, Rio San Juan and Solentiname
We like to move to where best fishing is..We fish and explore aboard our Sport fishing Boats the entire San Juan river Area, (Hundreds of Miles to enjoy.. ) and also in the Southern part of Great Nicaragua Lake.. Los Guatousso, Solentiname Archipelago, San Miguelito..
Accommodations we offer in Fishing area are always in clean room with private full bathroom . ( Following is a description with picture of places we use. )
1) La Esquina del Lago San Carlos Sport fishing Private Guest House
FISHING :Conventional Sport Fishing and Fly fishing for Giant Tarpon and Snook all year round close to lodge, Rainbow bass in Solentiname Archipelago than we reach in 30mn.
La esquina del Lago is our " Head Quarter ", dedicated to Guests of my Fishing and Ecotourism activities
Building (10000 Square feet is built above water ) it is located on my 30 acres Property in front of the border town of San Carlos, (10 mn away from local Airport ) in Wild Life Reserve of " Los guatousso " precisely at the corner of Lake Nicaragua , Rio Frio... where San Juan River start... It is there on my actual property than in the past Jacques Yves Cousteau and also Thomas Thornson were investigating...Tarpon, Fresh water Shark, sawfish...
View from second floor is 360% on water, Sunset, Bird watching, are unique, from our "Mirador" you also see Solentiname archipelago, Omotepe Volcanoes, and... Arenal volcano...
Lodge is built over water with precious Tropical Hard wood.. Rose wood, Mahogany....We offer a large dining room , three large bedroom with private baths on first floor , three additional bedroom on second floor....We have telephone and INTERNET connection., No Mosquitoes ... Yes Chayuls at certain time of the year.( these ones do not bite ...)
2) Hotel Mancaron in Solentiname Archipelago, also Hotel Paraiso..
FISHING Conventional Sport Fishing and Fly fishing, Rainbow bass, Mojara, Machaca... all year round
Hotel is located on Mancaron Island in Solentiname Archipelago ( Great Nicaragua Lake) , lodge is at a hundred yard from pier in the famous Historical community founded by Ernesto Cardenal.
The entire place has been remodeled and refurnished in 2001 / 2003 and do offer correct comfort. The total capacity is for 20 Guests. Lodging is in Comfortable, Large, Clean small house with private bath.. Each for two persons
There is only one television ( local Channel ...) but a museum , a large Library, Bird watching, artists..
Electricity from generator from 6pm till 12 mn!! , The rest of the time Solar Energy... Current 110v , Standard US plugs
You will enjoy Bird Watching , Siesta and relax time in the Hammocks and Rocking chair of the large veranda,
The meals cook by Bertha are delicious...She knows so many way to fix our catch of the day... Mostly Rainbow bass
Close to the hotel you also can fish successfully from shore, Fly or Spinning for Wapote, Mojara, Machaca...
Arts, Bird watching, Archeology, Museum... are some of the activities than offer the Community of Solentiname
3) Hotel Saballo Rio San Juan
FISHING: Conventional Sport Fishing and Fly fishing Giant Tarpon and Snook all year round in front lodge
NO DOUBT one of my favorite place in the entire area , Probably UNIQUE in the world... ( Serious, there are not many places where all year round you almost can catch tarpon at 5 meters from your bed room...) El rodal ( rapid ) del toro is a fantastic spot for tarpon and Snook fishing. it can be on conventional Sport fishing or on fly fishing.
Fishing lodge is new , very comfortable, we have our bar , Lodge is built in Precious tropical wood in front of the Rapids on the river bank.... There are Hammock and Rocking chairs on terrace, from there guests can Video tape their friends with Fish on.!!!
We take our meals in the Village at Clarissa's place...so far all guests made wonderful comments upon Clarissa Cooking, a mix of Local, International.. Italian, French .. She really is a very good and creative chef , no doubt etc...
A must The River Scrimps..( See the page Meals click )
No far to go for one of the best fishing in the world ... I shot these photos from deck of Hotel Saballo , No zoom..
4) Hospedage El Castillo Rio San Juan
FISHING: Conventional Sport Fishing and Fly fishing Giant Tarpon and Snook all year round close to the rapids
Hotel is located in the little town of El Castillo 40 miles from San Carlos down on San Juan River... Built in precious tropical wood hotel is in the center of the small village, dominating the San Juan River. It offer a very good comfort, TV, Telephone, etc, a bar, large lounge, Sofas, Hammock...
While having your breakfast on the veranda ( served on white Table clothes ) you will watch tarpons jumping in the rapids.( No exaggeration )
I like to point out than People from the community of El Castillo really made a lot of efforts in order visitors enjoy the place, the entire little town built at the bottom of the Fortress is very very clean, also there is no road , no car... really a hide away.
The fortress built on the hill dominating the river is in very good condition and offer a fantastic view of Rio San Juan, it has an interesting Museum . It was built there in order to stop the pirates intrusion...( See History )
Concerning fishing ( Conventional Sport Fishing or Fly fishing ) the place is famous, for tarpon witch are abundant all year round... Problem is the rapids so it is necessary to fish with Heavy tackles in order to dominate the tarpon very quickly...I will not risk safety of guests and boats going through the rapids.. So no way to fish on light tackle close to the rapids... Meanwhile if fishing 2-3 miles up river where tarpon are also abundant it is possible to use our traditional light tackles..
Before and after El castillo do enter many Jungles rivers in the San Juan all of them very interesting to discover.
Around El Castillo , Snook fishing is very good for Calva ( small snook up to 7/8lb ) from the end of September till the middle of January. ( The Calva Run )
Further down river is Bartola a nice Hotel lodge, famous place for snook fishing.
How to get there?...
You can join us coming via Nicaragua or Costa Rica we will anyway be waiting for you on Arrival at international airport .. and we will go together to fish San Juan River, Rio San Juan .
1) If you come via Managua (Nicaragua) your transfer to San Juan River fishing ground will be in Airplane, (55 mn flight with La Costena Airline two flights a day ) over the Nicaragua Lake, Omotepe Volcanoes.. Solentiname..
2) If you arrive via San Jose (Costa Rica) we will go to fish the same spots on San Juan River, but your transfer will be longer as done by car or van, 4 Hours ride to the little Town of Los Chiles a scenic trip via the Central Mountains of Costa Rica, Volcanoes Poas and Arenal, Café , Banana, Sugar Cane Plantations. .From Los Chiles we use our boats to enter Nicaragua.. via Rio Frio Jungle river.
Lodging on arrival and departures days before and after your fishing days is always in First Class Hotels..
1) Arriving via NICARAGUA:
Granada: Hotel Colonial
Located in historical center of so beautiful city of Granada
This is the nicest Hotel in Granada , certainly one of the best in all Central America, a " five star hotel", with all the usual commodities of such a place, Bar, Swimming pool etc etc...I definitely like the special attention than the owner Mr. Etienne Vanoye ( Angler himself ) provide to my Fishing Guests. ( The van of the hotel wait for my guest at Managua International Airport ) Hotel is located in historical center of Granada , there are many bar in town always very busy... Hotel colonial In Granada: a very special place
Granada: Hotel Alhambra
Also located in historical center of Granada, also a first class Hotel a very nice place to stay.
Managua: Hotel BEST WESTERN Las Mercedes
Very comfortable and convenient hotel as located at 3 mn from International airport, we use it when your International flight arrive late evening or at Night.. Following day early morning you fly to San Carlos with La Costena Airline..(55 mn) where my lodge is located
2) Arriving via COSTA RICA:
You may decide to stay in the town of San Jose ... We use modern hotels offering all the comfort you can expect, they are located in the center of night life of the city , Bar, Casino....
A five star hotel located in Central San Jose
Hotel del rey
Place is famous for fun , include casino and World known Marlin bar
Hotel Santo Tomas
Hotel Santo Tomas! Awarded Frommer's Best Value Star and Lonely Planets Excellent Recommendation past 11 years !!!
A Four Star French Victorian mansion located in San Joses Historical District, Barrio Amon. Easy walk to all shopping, museums, nite life and cultural events.
You may prefer more quiet atmosphere and discover natural beauty of Costa Rica
Hotel Don Beto, Zarcero
The town of Sarcero is located in the mountain of Cordillera Central ( 6000 feet ) at 1 hour from San Jose International airport in direction of Los Chiles... Don Beto bed and breakfast is really a charming and very comfortable place, it is manage by our Friends Luis and Roxana Quesada
Each trip is different, we move where the fish are...
For Example on a 7 days 6 Nights fishing trip, you can:
1) Spend 5 nights at New Guest House of San Carlos if fish are at entry of Nicaragua Lake or 5 Nights at Fishing lodge of Saballo if fishing is great in Rodal del Toro.....
2) Or we can have a mix trip
*Two Nights in Saballo Fishing Lodge
* One Night at hotel El Castillo
* Two Nights at Hospedage Solentiname..
Then Back to San Jose or Managua..
Concerning your airline ticket to Central America
My pricing is for all include Packages round trip Airport to airport in Central America. Your international flight is not include.
Many Airlines companies are offering a convenient service to Nicaragua or Costa Rica but pricing of ticket have a lot of variation during the year...
We have an agreement with a specialized travel agency located in U.S.A . We suggest you be in touch E MAIL, with them we will research for you the best Airfares for your party whether you would be coming from North America or Europe... Obviously this service is 100% FREE
1) Our fishing is in Remote Tropical area, Even if Town Water is said as Drinkable , do not drink it.. We have Gallons of Mineral water for our Guest.... Same with ice we have our own ice made with purified water.
2) No special vaccines are necessary for our trip
3) In all trips on San Juan River we have a laundry service so no need to bring a lot of Clothes..
4) This may seems incredible but there is really very few mosquitoes around San Juan River , there are Chayuls but these ones do not bite..
5) At lodge at night there is always possibility to charge batteries of your Camera , cellular..110V USA plugs
6) If necessary we provide ( at cost ) cellular phone service... This do not work everywhere but almost...
7) Do not forget to bring with you your personal medicine even if there are several drugstore, Hospitals around our fishing grounds .. your specific medicine may be difficult to find...
8) Also to bring with you in this trip , boat shoes, Sun cream, insect Repellent, pocket light, Film if you are not using Digital camera , Good Rain coat, Tropical light clothes, and also a sweater...No need to bring a lot of Clothes as we will have a cleaning service organize during your trip..
TABACON RESORT AND SPA, ARENAL VOLCANOCosta Rica, Natural hot water spring coming from Arenal Volcano . Resort is really very nice, it is always a great moment for our guest to relax there ( generally A half day on our way back to San Jose ) So nice after some days of hard tarpon fishing... Good buffet for lunch included with entry fee
ECODIRECTA LODGE Los Chiles Costa Rica, Located close to Rio Frio and Cano Negro in the little quiet border town . From there we fish Rio Frio Cano negro for Tarpon and snook ( careful fishing is closed from the 1st of April till the 31st of July)
HOTEL CARELYS San Carlos Nicaragua
Two hotel we are using in the border town of San Carlos, these are very simple place, meanwhile rooms have complete private bath...
There is no other choice in town....
In 2004 I Will open my Guest House in San carlos on my 30 acres land on Nicaragua lake shores in front of San Carlos...Wild life reserve of Los Guatousso. Guest house will be inaugurated in 2004
HOTEL DON ALFREDO Granada Nicaragua, another charming bed and breakfast located in the Colonial Historical center of Granada.. Alfredo Owner of the place is all of a character.. ask him for his special breakfast